Euro-Bioimaging is a research infrastructure that has been founded to provide access to the best imaging services in Europe. These services are provided its 21 Nodes, all of which are internationally renowned imaging facilities. A prime goal of Euro-BioImaging ERIC is to ensure that its imaging technologies are truly cutting-edge. To ensure that our repertoire of provided technologies will stay abreast with the fast development and the breakthroughs in imaging research, we have, together with our Nodes, developed a process to identify and assess new and innovative imaging technologies, to make sure that the technologies we offer are constantly evolving to meet user needs and to provide the best possible impact when it comes to advancing biological and biomedical sciences.
This is why, in July 2020, we have launched a Proof-of-Concept study making it possible to access six - previously via Euro-BioImaging still unavailable - additional imaging technologies. We are currently accepting applications to use these technologies with the help from experts at our Nodes, and we encourage you to apply!
For the past decades, the fields of biological and biomedical imaging have been characterized by continuous technological innovation. These new technological developments have driven numerous discoveries and continue to provide exciting opportunities for advances in the life sciences. At the same time, the continuous need to develop new methods and gain access to the latest technologies can be a challenge for scientists. Euro-BioImaging can help mitigate these challenges by providing access to technology and expertise.
New technologies available
For our first Proof-of-Concept study, a number of high-impact technologies have been carefully selected - based on user feedback and suggestions by our Nodes - and showcased to prove they are fully operational for external users. These technologies represent a significant expansion of the Euro-BioImaging technoloy portfolio – covering imaging from the nano- to the tissue-scale. We are pleased to be able to now offer all scientists access to the following technologies:
|Name of the technology||Nodes offering the technology|
|Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering microscopy (CARS)||Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy Node Prague CZ
Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node
|Quantitative Phase Imaging (QPI)||Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy Node Prague CZ|
|Mass spectrometry-based imaging (MSI) (for biological and medical applications)||Advanced Light Microscopy Italian Node
Facility of Multimodal Imaging - AMMI Maastricht
|PhotoAcoustic Imaging (PAI)||Molecular Imaging Italian Node|
|Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM)||Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy Node Prague CZ|
|Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)||France BioImaging|
All scientists, regardless of their affiliation, area of expertise or field of activity can benefit from Euro-BioImaging’s pan-European open access services. Potential users of these new technologies are encouraged to submit project proposals via our website. To do so, you can LogIn to access our application platform, choose the technology you want to use and the facility you wish to visit, then submit your proposal. All applications will be processed by the Euro-BioImaging Hub. As usual, users will benefit from advice and guidance by technical experts working at the Nodes, training opportunities, and data management services.
An ever-expanding service offer
Over the next year, these technologies will be reviewed to assess their relevance and regulate their inclusion into the technology portfolio of the research infrastructure. In addition, the proof-of-concept study will be evaluated by the Euro-BioImaging Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), which forwards its recommendation to the Euro-BioImaging Board for the final decision. By using one or more of these technologies during their Proof-of-Concept study, you are an important part of the process that allows us to continue to expand our offer.
Euro-BioImaging is the European landmark research infrastructure for biological and biomedical imaging as recognised by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).
By facilitating user access to high quality imaging facilities, resources and services, with a constantly evolving technology offer, Euro-BioImaging will boost the productivity and impact of research across Europe.